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The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet (Hardback)

Erik Mueggler

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ISBN 10: 0520269020 / ISBN 13: 9780520269026
Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2011
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This exhilarating book interweaves the stories of two early twentieth-century botanists to explore the collaborative relationships each formed with Yunnan villagers in gathering botanical specimens from the borderlands between China, Tibet, and Burma. Erik Mueggler introduces Scottish botanist George Forrest, who employed Naxi adventurers in his fieldwork from 1906 until his death in 1932. We also meet American Joseph Francis Charles Rock, who, in 1924, undertook a dangerous expedition to Gansu and Tibet with the sons and nephews of Forrest s workers. Mueggler describes how the Naxi workers and their Western employers rendered the earth into specimens, notes, maps, diaries, letters, books, photographs, and ritual manuscripts. Drawing on an ancient metaphor of the earth as a book, Mueggler provides a sustained meditation on what can be copied, translated, and revised and what can be folded back into the earth. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520269026

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Titre : The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in ...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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This exhilarating book interweaves the stories of two early twentieth-century botanists to explore the collaborative relationships each formed with Yunnan villagers in gathering botanical specimens from the borderlands between China, Tibet, and Burma. Erik Mueggler introduces Scottish botanist George Forrest, who employed Naxi adventurers in his fieldwork from 1906 until his death in 1932. We also meet American Joseph Francis Charles Rock, who, in 1924, undertook a dangerous expedition to Gansu and Tibet with the sons and nephews of Forrest's workers. Mueggler describes how the Naxi workers and their Western employers rendered the earth into specimens, notes, maps, diaries, letters, books, photographs, and ritual manuscripts. Drawing on an ancient metaphor of the earth as a book, Mueggler provides a sustained meditation on what can be copied, translated, and revised and what can be folded back into the earth.

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"There is no question that this is a superb book. It is bold, innovative, stylish, and captivating." -- Fa-ti Fan The Journal of Asian Studies 20140227 "First things first: this is an outstanding book... Mueggler weaves together ... a lyrically-written story." New Bks In East Asian Stds 20120201 "This work provides the reader with a remarkable look into another place and culture in a time gone by." -- Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden 20120301 "A richly textured history... The book will provide lively, informative reading for ambitious readers and specialists... Highly recommended." -- J.W. Dauben, CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College Choice 20120926 "Erik Mueggler has given us a book about the earth, and it is an exquisite and evocative text. I have eagerly begun the process of recommending it widely to scholars ... with passions every bit as diverse as the subject matter of this beautifully crafted narrative." -- Thomas S. Mullaney The British Journal for the History of Science 20130901

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